Of all the things Porsche Macan drivers might expect to see in the rear view, an actual tank is surely way down the list. And I have to tell you, being chased by a tank brings a very real stab of fear. Even if the tank is there only to provide us with a joke picture, rather than with any intent to imperil us. The sight of that hunk of olive-drab metalwork lumbering over the terrain, accompanied by the screeching and clanking of its tracks, invokes a deep-rooted vulnerability and sense of conflict disconnected with this pastoral Leicestershire landscape. And that response comes just from watching the news. I can’t imagine how it must make you feel if you’ve ever actually been in a war zone.
Pictures: Jamie Lipman
This article was originally published in the August 2014 issue of Top Gear magazine
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